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2021 Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

15,801 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,025 Avg Salary
$25,938 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes RegionWith 88,927 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #10 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 15,801 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the country. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Education Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 140 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Education Majors After Graduation

The average education major who graduates from a school in the Great Lakes Region earns about $34,025 per year during the early years of their career. Unfortunately, that is 15% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

The national average salary for education bachelor's degree holders is $34,031. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in the Great Lakes Region .

Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  34,025
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Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  34,031
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68,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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68,000

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2021 Highest Paid Education Grads in the Great Lakes Region

The following colleges produce the highest paid education graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

Southern Illinois University Carbondale comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. SIUC is a large public school located in the small city of Carbondale.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Cardinal Stritch University. Located in the suburb of Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UW Oshkosh is a large public school located in the city of Oshkosh.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northwestern University. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

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Our rankings recognize University of Michigan - Ann Arbor as the #4 school in this year's rankings. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor.

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Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, IL

Concordia University - Chicago comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of River Forest, Concordia University Chicago is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

DePauw University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Greencastle, DePauw is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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North Central College

Naperville, IL

North Central College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. North Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Naperville.

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University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Our rankings recognize University of Indianapolis as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, UIndy is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize DePaul University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Fort Wayne.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bloomington.

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Illinois State University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal.

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Manchester University

North Manchester, IN

Manchester University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of North Manchester, Manchester University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Trinity International University - Illinois comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Deerfield, TIU Illinois is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Chicago as the #13 school in this year's rankings. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Chicago.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio Wesleyan University. Located in the suburb of Delaware, OWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Marquette is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

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Our rankings recognize University of Wisconsin - Madison as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Elmhurst, Elmhurst is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Michigan State is a very large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

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Our rankings recognize Case Western Reserve University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Case Western is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cleveland.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for in the Great Lakes Region Education students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
26 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
27 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
28 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
21 Edgewood College Madison, WI
22 Hope College Holland, MI
23 Concordia University - Wisconsin Mequon, WI
24 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
25 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education schools for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 37 2,643
Ohio 34 4,316
Illinois 34 3,364
Indiana 33 2,895
Wisconsin 31 2,573

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7,910
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4,120
Special Education 2,104
General Education 1,047
Educational Administration 339

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 18,537
Psychology 15,420
Communication & Journalism 15,182
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,091
History 3,079

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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